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Context understanding technology to improve Internet accessibility for users…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
96145
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EY020082
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
NEI
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VORTANT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
88 HIGH COUNTRY RD WEAVERVILLE, NC 28787-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Context understanding technology to improve Internet accessibility for users with
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43EY020082-01
Award Amount: $117,408.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The purpose of this SBIR project is to develop a new tool to improve the ability of blind and visually impaired people to quickly get to the right web pages, to avoid ending up on the wrong web pages, and to reach the d esired part of the web page efficiently. The motivation for this project is that getting a 'big picture' understanding of a web page is one of the biggest challenges facing visually impaired computer users. Although tools such as screen readers currently e xist to convert the text on web pages to audible speech, this solves only a small part of the problem. Existing tools for the visually impaired present the entire web page serially, in full detail, and if the user is not already familiar with the website, it requires a laborious and time- consuming process to read through sometimes hundreds of text objects before knowing whether anything of interest even exists on the page in question. In contrast, the proposed technology analyzes web pages and provides a s uccinct, informative synopsis of the context of the text and layout of the page, so that a user quickly gains an understanding of where relevant information can be found on the page. The proposed Phase I project involves working with users and instructors to verify the concept, creation of proof-of-concept software to perform the above analysis, and an end-user evaluation study to verify that the new tool, designed to work in conjunction with a market-leading screen reader, improves their abilities and conf idence in Internet browsing. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The RandD in this Phase II SBIR project will result in an improved way to use the Internet for individuals with visual disabilities. The technology will help to overcome the lack of accessibility and high level of frustration currently found among blind and visually impaired users. The results of the project will enable such individuals to explore new opportunities and be more productive, thus providing improved employment potential and an increas e in the quality of life.

Principal Investigator:

Philip R. Schaefer
8286451026
PHIL@VORTANT.COM

Business Contact:

Philip Schaefer
liz@vortant.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

VORTANT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
VORTANT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC 88 HIGH COUNTRY RD WEAVERVILLE, NC 28787

EIN/Tax ID: 116164181
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No